Hi beauties! Most of you already know the importance of taking good care of your skin throughout the year. My skincare routine changes a little with the seasons, so today I'm going to share my summer nighttime skincare routine with you guys. We tend to go outdoors more often during the summer, so our skin gets exposed to dirt and dust much more. Many of us also tend to put on sunscreen more during this period of time, so you can imagine how clogged up our pores get! Because of this, I focus more on a deep cleanse and exfoliation with my skincare routine during this season.
The following 8 steps are typically what I do once a week (usually on a Sunday - my relaxing nights). I do about 4 of those steps on a summer nightly basis. I figured it'd be easier to read about my overall skincare routine in one blog post, cause of course not everyone's skincare routines are the same. Some of you may do more steps than me on a nightly basis, so you don't have to wonder why or when I'm doing those missing nightly steps. Whereas some of you may do less than me and might be inspired to add in an extra step or so to your nightly routine. Anyways, I'll specify how often I do each step as I introduce them to you. Let's get started!
Step 1 ● Remove Makeup
This is probably most people's first step. It's so so so important to take off your makeup before heading to bed. I use Garnier's 2 in 1 Eye Makeup Remover to take off my eye makeup. We've got such delicate skin around our eyes, so it's extremely important for us to remove absolutely everything around that area before heading to bed. And I have add, this eye makeup remover from Garnier is so easy on the eyes. My skin is pretty sensitive around the eye area and I've used some eye makeup removers that irritated my eyes and that area before. So, I'd definitely recommend this product to anyone that has sensitive skin.
Step 2 ● Cleanse The Face
For the rest of my face, I use Laneige's Multi Cleanser. It doesn't only act as a cleanser, but it also acts as a makeup remover and an exfoliator. I've been using this product since 2010 or even earlier. I actually found out about this product from BubzBeauty, anyone else here watched her videos back then?
Back to topic, this product is obviously one of my holy grails, I personally think it does a great job cleansing my face without drying it out. However, I don't put on any foundation or heavy makeup on a daily basis, so it might be a good idea to use an actual makeup remover prior to this if you use more makeup daily. This would still be a great cleanser to use even if you use makeup remover prior to cleansing your face. Because it acts partially as a makeup remover, it'd help thoroughly take the makeup out of your skin.
Step 3 ● Exfoliate
(about 2 times a week)
Exfoliation is an important part of our skincare routine. Depending on your skin type and where you live, you might need to exfoliate more or less than twice a week. Since I have sensitive skin and am oily in the T zone area, I try to balance out the number of times I exfoliate per week.
For those who have sensitive or dry skin, it's better to exfoliate less as exfoliating may cause irritation to your skin or dry it out. However, for those who have oily skin or if you live in a warmer climate, you may need to exfoliate more than twice a week.
Recently I've been using The Face Shop's Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser along with my cleansing brush to exfoliate my face. This product is particularly great for those who prefer to maintain a lighter skin tone, especially during the summer months. I love how you only have to use a pinky size amount of the product and it foams up enough for the entire face. And as the product name implies, my face actually do look a little bright after rinsing the cleanser off - not exaggerating at all!
Step 4 ● extra exfoliation
(twice a week and the days I put on sunscreen)
Peels & scrubs are almost the same things, they both exfoliate and attempt to unclog your pores. The key difference between them is that Peel is a chemical exfoliator that usually has a watery, gel-like consistency and a scrub offers a physical exfoliation with a gritty texture.¹
The Face Shop's Smart Peeling is actually the first Peel product I've ever tried. For those of you who may not know what a Peel is or have never tried it, basically it's a gel like product that you massage onto your face. It helps unclog your pores as mentioned above and a bit of your dead skin actually comes off as well. However, I do have to bring up that if you do use it, you're going to see a lot of clumps appear and just note that not all of it is your dead skin. Majority of the clumps are created from the oil of your skin and the product itself.²
I've been using this Smart Peeling for almost a month and I'm loving it. Personally, it makes my skin feel and look cleaner than when I use a scrub. Overall, it feels like it does a much deeper pore cleanse job for me, especially on the days I put on sunscreen.
Step 5 ● Lip Mask
(every 2 weeks to once a month)
I don't if it's just me or you feel the same way, but I feel like our lips are neglected quite a bit when it comes to our skincare routine. My lips had never gone beyond a lip balm 'treatment', until I discovered/looked into lip scrubs and lip masks during this past half year. If you're interested in learning more about the importance of taking care of your lips, click HERE - I wrote a blog post all about it, including the details of the lip mask I was using at that time.
For the last bit of winter, I was using a lip mask about once every 2 weeks. Now that we're deep into the summer months and the climate is not as dry, I've slowed it down to once a month. However, if for whatever reason I put lipstick on more than a few times within 2 weeks (I don't wear lipstick on a regular), then I'd do a lip mask within that 2 weeks mark.
Since I've used MaskerAide's products before and have a pretty good impression of them (feel free to check out my review on their face masks and acne patches HERE), I was more than happy to try out their Hydrating Lip Masks. These lip masks don't only smooth and hydrate your lips, but also prime and plump them - talk about all in one! I've tried 2 of them so far and I sure love how nurishing they are to the lips.
The key ingredients of the masks include a complex blend of berries (including acai, blueberry & blackberry), BioBRIT-3 (a complex of Lecithin & DPHP), manuka honey and fermented rose. The berries hold a rich amount of antioxidants and anti-aging properties. BioBRIT-3 stimulates your collagen, which in turns restore suppleness, enhance the lips' appearance and reduces fine lines. And finally manuka honey and fermented rose provides the moisturization that your lips need.
Step 6 ● Face Mask
(once a week)
This is such a crucial step.. I'd say to anyone over 20 years of age's skincare routine. I can't stress enough the importance of taking good care of your skin and nourishing it at an early age. On a daily basis I'd apply serum after cleansing my face, but on Sunday's I'd unwind and put on a sheet mask before sleeping (since I've a little more time). I'd also use all the serum and goodness left in the sheet mask bag for my neck. Yes ladies, don't forget about your neck - they can really show your age as you get older, if you don't take care of them!
Through these recent years I've been trying out different face masks - I'll probably dedicate a blog post on some of the different masks I've tried and share my thoughts of them with you in the near future, so stay tuned. Of all the masks I've tried, The Face Shop's 'Real Nature' masks are the latest ones I've been trying. I like how all the masks within this range have natural ingredients infused in them, but I also like how they are just $3.00 each and they're currently having a buy 10 get 5 for free deal for these face masks (please note that I'm not paid in anyway to promote this, I literally just saw this promo on their website today). Face masks can get pretty pricey and these ones I'd say are pretty economical and are worth a try!
Step 7 ● Hyrate Those Delicate Eyes
As I mention in Step 1, the skin around our eye area is so delicate, so it's a no brainer that it's very important to apply eye cream around that area. There are so many different eye creams out there with different benefits, however there are only so many that are suitable for my extra sensitive skin.
After a few years of trying out different eye creams and getting allergic reactions and irritations around the eye area, I've finally found my eye cream holy grail - Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. I've been using this since 2013 or 14 and haven't found the need to try other ones - though I'm open to trying new ones, but they'd have to be suitable for people who have extra sensitive skin around the eye area.
The main reason why I love this eye cream so much is that, well obviously cause I don't get irritated by it, but moreover, I love how hydrating it is to the skin and how light it is.
Step 8 ● Moisturize the Face
And finally, the last step to all skincare routines. Most of you are probably wondering what kind of moisturizer is that in the picture. Well, let me tell you, during the summer my go-to face lotion is actually Biotherm's Aquasource Gel, but I ran out of it and haven't gotten a chance to repurchase another one. The moisturizer that you see in the picture 'Glaxal Base' is one that I have sitting at home for when my face, especially my eye area has irritations (recommended by my doctor when I had irritations). So that's what I'm using temporarily.
But let's go back to Biotherm's Aquasource Gel. I have been using this lotion for as long as I can remember, pretty much around the time when I first started using actual lotion for the face. Thanks to it being a water based face lotion, it was the first lotion that I was able to use without getting any blemishes. However, this lotion is not hydrating enough for me during the winter, so I only use this during late spring to early fall. Overall, I do love Biotherm's face lotions, they are light and does the job! And again they are great for sensitive skin.
There you have it, my overall summer nighttime skincare routine.
To sum it up each night I only do the following:
- remove makeup
- cleanse the face
- hydrate the eyes
- apply serum
- moisturize the face
What are your go-to summer nighttime skincare routine products?
Share them with our little community here in the comments section below and maybe we can try some of them out, too!
Thank you so much for dropping by & reading!
I hope you had a lovely weekend!
And now it's time to go unwind and do a face mask!